Tuesday 27 January 2015

Reading your Writing: A workshop on Voice Skills.

You may be a great writer, but does your work sound as good when you read it aloud?

Most writers know that reading out their work helps them edit it for grammar and general style, but how about reading to an audience?

Does your voice turn into a mousy squeak? Do you find yourself on the point of collapse because your stage fright makes you hyperventilate? Or do you find that while you have taken the time to write a carefully crafted story you read it as fast as you can to get it over and done with?

More and more writers are taking part in literary events necessitating reading to audiences: from open mic events to book launches and book promotions. I've been to a number of literary functions and have heard many authors - including some of our greatest - read aloud. While many read their work beautifully, others simply didn't do their writing justice.

As part of Finchley Literary Festival 2015, I am running a practical workshop for writers who want to get the best out of their vocal skills. Participants will need to be prepared to read a small sample of their work aloud and take part in practical exercises. Numbers are limited to eight participants.

The two-hour workshop will include information on voice care, along with exercises for the speaking voice, relaxation and breath support. It does not involve any singing. The atmosphere will be relaxed to make this interactive experience fun. After all, laughing is good for the voice. I suggest wearing informal loose clothing and comfortable shoes.

Date: Saturday 23rd May 10.30am - 12.30pm.  

Venue: North Finchley Library, Ravensdale Avenue, North Finchley, London N12 9HP.

Cost: £12.00 per person. Payable by PayPal or cheque  (please email for payee and address)

As well as a writer, I am a speech and language therapist specializing in voice. While most of my work is with people who have voice problems, I also see clients who wish to improve their vocal skills and to this end have worked with a variety of professionals who need to give presentations, radio presenters, ministers, lecturers and barristers.
I trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and am a member of The British Voice Association.

email: finchleyliteraryfestival@gmail.com for more information.